Go back in time with films showing Northampton life in the 1930s and 1940s

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery  by Damien McFadden ENGNNL00120110911091538
Northampton Museum & Art Gallery by Damien McFadden ENGNNL00120110911091538

Two films featuring Northampton life in the 1930s and 40s will be shown next month.

On Saturday October 3 the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery will host a special screening of two films recorded by Bassett-Lowke. The films have been selected by the Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust and will bring a part of the story of Northampton to life.

The first part of the film shows scenes from around Northampton. This includes the 1935 George V Jubilee celebrations, Alderman Strickland’s shoe factory, the Northampton floods of 1939 along with footage of Northampton Victory Parades, tea drinking parties and more and a few scenes from around 1947 of National Service training in a local park.

The second half of the film showing will be of a film made by Northampton Cine Club, the first part shows the conversion of the building which became The Mercury & Herald and Chronicle & Echo. The film goes behind the scenes to show the background to the news, and includes footage of the internal set up from the editor agreeing which stories to run, right through to the finished newspaper being delivered.

Councillor Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community engagement said: “These films offer a fascinating look at the history of our town, and shows the people who lived and worked in Northampton. It will be interesting to see how things have changed in the last few decades, and perhaps how many things have stayed the same.

“I am sure tickets will be quickly snapped up, so I would encourage people to book early as it may be some time before the footage is seen again.”

A Look Back at Northamptonshire starts at 2.30pm with an interval and refreshments between the two films.

Tickets are available for just £5 and include tea and coffee. If you would like to reserve your seat tickets can be purchased in person at the Northampton Museum & Art Gallery or by calling 01604 837397 Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4.45pm and Sundays noon to 4.45pm.